Everyone should understand how dangerous running a red light should be, but that does not stop people from trying to beat the light or carelessly running through a red light. This negligent and reckless behavior endangers other motorists, pedestrians, cyclists, and others on the road. If you suffered injuries in a red-light accident in Birmingham, you may be able to build a case and hold the at-fault driver responsible.
Call the Morris Bart law firm today and let a Birmingham red light lawyer review your case for free. We can examine the facts of your case and explain your rights. You can reach us today at (205) 380-4158.
Red Light Accidents Are Common and Extremely Dangerous
According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), injuries occur in accidents caused by a driver running a red light more often than in any other type of car accident. To make matters worse, these accidents often involve side impacts, which are particularly dangerous to the driver or passenger of the vehicle closest to the impact point. There is simply less material and space to disperse the force of the impact in this type of collision.
In 2019, the Automobile Association of America (AAA) announced that fatal car accidents caused by a motorist who ran a red light reached a 10-year high.
Injuries that may occur in this type of side impact, T-bone accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck, shoulder, and back injuries
- Torso and internal injuries
- Hip, leg, and foot injuries
- Broken bones
If you were the victim of a red-light accident in Birmingham, you may be able to pursue a settlement or award based on the facts of your case. Call the Morris Bart law firm today at (205) 380-4158. A member of our team will review your case for free.
For a free legal consultation with a Red Light Accident lawyer serving Birmingham, call 800-537-8185
A Birmingham Red Light Lawyer May Be Able to Build a Compelling Case on Your Behalf
Proving the other driver ran the red light and caused your accident is key in pursuing damages in your car accident case. To prove negligence in this type of case, you will need to:
- Show the driver had a responsibility to stop, generally by proving the light was red
- Prove the driver failed to stop for the red light
- Prove their failure to stop caused your accident and injuries
- Document your economic and noneconomic damages that occurred as a result of the accident
The police report will often play a central role in red light cases, because the office will have to conduct an investigation and make a determination about which driver ran the light. While the police report can be important, it is not impossible to recover compensation in this type of case if you believe the police report incorrectly assigned you as at fault instead of the other driver.
When our team takes on a Birmingham red light accident case, we conduct an investigation of our own. This includes:
- Identifying any surveillance, security, or traffic camera video of the accident
- Re-interviewing eyewitnesses
- Obtaining additional evidence to support your case
- Hiring accident reconstruction specialists and other experts
We will gather the necessary evidence to support your claim and take action against the driver who ran the red light and hit you. We may be able to recover compensation on your behalf through a negotiated out-of-court settlement agreement or by taking your case to trial.
At the Morris Bart law firm, we have trial attorneys who know how to pursue damages in even the toughest cases. We will represent you throughout the process and fight for the payout you deserve based on the facts of your case. Call (205) 380-4158 now to discuss your case with a member of our team.
Proving Your Birmingham Red Light Accident Damages
While it is important to hold the at-fault driver accountable for their negligent actions, recovering compensation to help pay for your accident-related expenses and losses is often the most important part of filing an insurance claim or lawsuit in red light accident cases. Our team will document many of your related damages and pursue compensation based on this documentation. Recoverable damages may include:
- Current and future medical treatment related to your accident injuries
- Current and future lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity if you cannot return to your old job
- Property damages including your vehicle
- Pain and suffering and other noneconomic damages
- Wrongful death damages if your beloved family member sustained fatal injuries in the accident
You should act quickly to protect your right to file a personal injury lawsuit. Under Alabama Code § 6-2-38, car accident victims in Alabama generally only have 24 months from the day the accident occurred to take legal action and file a lawsuit. If you miss this deadline, you may not be able to recover damages in your case.
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Talk to a Member of the Birmingham Red Light Accident Team from Morris Bart & Associates, LLC
If you suffered injuries because another driver ran a red light and hit you, you may be able to take action to hold them responsible and recover compensation for your related expenses and losses. A Birmingham red light lawyer from the Morris Bart law firm may be able to help. A member of our team can discuss your accident and injuries with you for free today.
The Morris Bart law firm operates more than a dozen offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas, serving accident victims from across the Gulf South.
Call (205) 380-4158 now to talk to someone in our Birmingham office about your red-light accident case. Our initial consultations are always free, and we handle these cases on a contingency fee basis.
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